But when a family tragedy means that the nurse suddenly needs to find a fantastical sum of money fast, the dacha’s chef lets him in on the secret world of backhanders and bribes going on around him, and opens his eyes to a brewing war between the staff and the new housekeeper, the ruthless new sheriff in town.
A brilliantly cast modern-day Animal Farm, The Senility of Vladimir P. is a coruscating political fable that shows, through an honest man slipping his ethical moorings, how Putin has not only bankrupted his nation economically, but has also diminished it culturally and spiritually.
Michael Honig is a former surgeon and lives in England. This is his first novel.
It isn’t a place former psychologist Ann Talarico ever expected to find herself. But if her work as a therapist has taught her anything, it is that you have to make the best of any situation. Facing a life sentence for a crime she didn’t commit, Ann is determined not to let the concrete walls stop her from making a difference.
It starts with the inmates.
One by one, she works to help them overcome problems that brought them to Northampton State Corrections Center. It isn’t as easy as it once was on the outside. In the big house, problems are a whole lot messier and relationships take on new lives.
What will it take for Ann to build optimism in an institution packed with criminals, psychopaths, and narcissists? Is it even possible? Or will it be a wrap on her work as a healer?
It’s bound to happen. But to who? The inmates have some teachings of their own and it ain’t looking hopeful.
Chuck Palahniuk showed himself to be his generation’s most visionary satirist in this, his first book. Fight Club’s estranged narrator leaves his lackluster job when he comes under the thrall of Tyler Durden, an enigmatic young man who holds secret after-hours boxing matches in the basements of bars. There, two men fight "as long as they have to." This is a gloriously original work that exposes the darkness at the core of our modern world.
Verily, the story Biff has to tell is a miraculous one, filled with remarkable journeys, magic, healings, kung fu, corpse reanimations, demons, and hot babes. Even the considerable wiles and devotion of the Savior's pal may not be enough to divert Joshua from his tragic destiny. But there's no one who loves Josh more -- except maybe "Maggie," Mary of Magdala -- and Biff isn't about to let his extraordinary pal suffer and ascend without a fight.